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Five-legged puppy has operation

Posted July 23, 2009
Updated July 25, 2009

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— The puppy at the heart of a dispute between North Carolina and New York is no longer so special. Lilly, an 8-week-old Chihuahua/Terrier mix, had an operation Thursday to remove a fifth leg, WBTV in Charlotte reported.

Lilly was born with a fifth, useless leg. Because of that, the owner of a freak show on Coney Island offered $3,000 to buy her. A Charlotte woman made a counter-offer and purchased Lilly for $4,000 last week.

Allyson Siegel told WBTV that she rushed to have Lilly's extra appendage removed to eliminate any interest or claim the freak show owner may have had.

A Charlotte bar is raising money to cover Lilly's veterinarian bill. The Dog Bar, at 3307 North Davidson St., will donate $1 from every beer sold Friday evening to the fund.


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  • whocares Jul 24, 2009

    I saw Lillie on TV yesterday. She is a remarkable little girl. I am just glad that someone saved her from the other extortionist. Any one who would make money off something like this needs to be shamed and their picture put all over the US so that everyone will know what type person they are.

  • jprime Jul 24, 2009

    Maybe it wasnt a 5th leg, maybe it was just a boy!

    Joking aside, my cats name is Lilly so onus points for that. Looks like a great dog.

  • WF Zookeeper Jul 24, 2009

    If only there were more people like her! YEAH!!!!!!!

  • bonnnie Jul 23, 2009

    I'm glad for the puppy and its good to know that there are decent people in the world. That's a great thing to do bar owner.

  • anne53ozzy Jul 23, 2009

    Thank you to those who helped this little pup !!!! There is a special place in Heaven for those who protect the innocent....And the reverse may also be true....

  • rescuefan Jul 23, 2009

    I am so glad that she went ahead and got the operation done! Yay for her!

  • Heather Jul 23, 2009

    Good job "Dog Bar"!!!

  • I like everybody Jul 23, 2009

    I love Lilly and Allyson. I just like ya'll.

  • cocker_mom Jul 23, 2009

    No - the people that make the animal freakshow a viable business should be ashamed of themselves. If there were no demand, he wouldn't be in business. He's making enough money he can buy puppies for $3K....

    Glad the puppy had the operation. And kudos to the "Dog Bar"

  • PepperPoo Jul 23, 2009

    I saw this story on CNN yesterday and I was so glad that someone bought the puppy. God bless her for doing such a wonderful thing.